I hope that you are making the desired progress this year. We are midway into January in the New Year. Most of us have formulated goals or are finalizing our 2023 aspirations. However, we acknowledge that our tenacity can wane as we move into the future. This post serves as an inspiration to stay with the pre-determined intentions.
Psalm 20:4 says: "May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed". It takes thoughtfulness to create productive goals and discipline to complete them. The ongoing adage is that "by the middle or the end of January, the annual targets have already declined". Let us show this proverb is incorrect!
Whatever our goals are, think about God's power to direct our steps (Psalm 37:23) and to make impossible situations - possible for us (Matthew 19:23-26). Keep this mindset.
Let's stay humble. 1 Peter 5:5-6 reminds us that "God resists the proud yet gives grace to the humble". Why is this point important? When we are successful, our human tendency is to take all the credit and appear to have it all together. One thing that I think about is how quickly one incident can change everything we know or possess. At work, we say that "teamwork" does not display an "I". This is true.
Next, we need the diligence to stay on task and deflect distractions, disappointments, destructive comments, doubt, feeling dumbfounded, or any other "d" words that we wish to insert. Diligence shows up and is not easily discouraged. Diligence finds partners and institutes their suggestions via collaboration. Diligence provides energizing words.
We all struggle with what the right choice and plans are. I know that I have done so many times, especially as I age. I want to pick something that I enjoy as well as something to help others. I realize
that some plans take time to develop. So, that's my goal in 2023. I will further research how I can make a deep impact. Sometimes, we reminisce about old accomplishments; recognize this thinking is stagnant.
Lastly, accurately plan and cost out projects. Consider the time that a project can take. Then, add more time for unseen delays or necessary contingencies. Research the goal. Try it from many angles.
The interesting thing for me with this point is - different disciplines project timelines differently. Multiple views are certainly warranted depending on the depth of the situation. Since the pandemic, procurement is extended. This feature can prolong the time needed as well as the costs associated with the desired outcome.
Call to action:
Discuss your plans with at least one friend by January 31, 2023. Make any adjustments.
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